US health officials have recommended that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for Aids take a daily pill that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it. [s]The New York Times[/s] reports that the guidelines tell doctors to consider the drug regimen, called PrEP, for pre-exposure prophylaxis, for g ay men who have sex without c ondoms; heterosexuals with high-risk partners such as drug injectors or male bisexuals who have unprotected sex; patients who regularly have sex with anyone they know is infected; and anyone who shares needles or injects drugs. Officials at the [b]Centres for Disease Control and Prevention[/b] have long been frustrated that the number of HIV infections in the US has barely changed in a decade, stubbornly holding at 50,000 a year. In a CDC survey in November, the number of g ay men reporting recent unprotected sex rose nearly 20% from 2005 to 2011.
[link url=http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/15/health/advocating-pill-us-signals-shift-to-prevent-aids.html?emc=edit_th_20140515&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=42505380&_r=0]Full report in The New York Times[/link]
[link url=http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6247a4.htm?s_cid=mm6247a4_w]CDC survey[/link]